Buffalo Bills: Will Corey Coleman make the 53-man roster?

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The Buffalo Bills didn’t give up much to acquire Corey Coleman. We take a look at his chances of making the final 53-man roster.

The Buffalo Bills picked up a 2016 first-round pick for next to nothing. Now Corey Coleman has to prove that his first-round label doesn’t mean he is a bust.

Coleman finished Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals with two receptions for zero yards. That described the day for the offense as a whole.

ESPN.com NFL writers recently went through each team and made 53-man roster predictions. Bills writer Mike Rodak included Coleman as one of five receivers making the roster.

I would agree that Coleman will make the roster, if only for his potential.

Coleman spent his first two seasons on a historically bad Browns team, and missed significant time due to injury. He is only owed just over $3.5 million through 2019, so it seems like the Browns could have gotten more for him.

Maybe it will be a steal of a move for Brandon Beane.

This Bills wide receiving corps is not scaring any opposing defenses just yet. That benefits Coleman as he could rise as high as the second receiver on the depth chart, right behind Kelvin Benjamin.

I see no reason why the team would take on his contract only to cut him. Right now he at least has NFL experience over guys like Ray-Ray McCloud, Austin Proehl, Brandon Reilly and Robert Foster.

If you have to pay him anyway he might as well make the roster, at least at the start of the season.

This is not to say Coleman will only make it by default. He has the raw ability to be successful. The Bills just have to hope that he was mishandled in Cleveland and some fresh advice and guidance leads to a promising career.

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Beane decided to pass on taking a receiver high in the draft. And the two he did take appear to be headed toward being cut or landing on the practice squad. Maybe grabbing Coleman was his version of getting someone with potential for a low cost.